Geminiano Giacomelli

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Geminiano Giacomelli

Geminiano Giacomelli (sometimes Jacomelli) (28 May 1692 – 25 January 1740) was an Italian composer.


Giacomelli was born in Piacenza. In 1724 he was named to the post of Kapellmeister to the duke of Parma. Beginning with the first performance of his opera Ipermestra, in 1724, he became one of the most popular opera composers of his era. Between 1724 and 1740 he composed 19 operas. His best known opera is Cesare in Egitto of 1735. He also wrote a deal of sacred music, including eight psalm settings for tenor and bass, and some concertos with continuo. In 1738 Giacomelli again became Kapellmeister, this time at the Basilica della Santa Casa in Loreto; he died in Loreto in 1740.

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  • Lucio Papirio dittatore (music of Giacomelli and Handel) (King's Theatre, London, 1732)
  • Circe (Theatre am Gänsemarkt, Hamburg, 1734)


  • Giacomelli Fiamma vorace: Opera Arias Flavio Ferri-Benedetti (countertenor) Musica Fiorita. Pan Classics.


  1. ^ Champlin 1888–90, I:284.


  • Champlin, John Denison Jr. (1888–1890). Apthorp, William Foster (ed.). Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians. Vol. IIIIII. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. {{cite book}}: External link in |volume= (help)
  • A. Della Corte and G.M. Gatti, Dizionario di musica, Paravia, 1956, pag. 255

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